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The Liberal government says it plans to introduce pharmacare legislation this year — as the clock ticks on its promise to the NDP to pass a pharmacare law by year’s end.

The Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement to Canadian Affairs on Wednesday that the government is “moving forward with national pharmacare legislation.”

“Important work continues in partnership with health experts, provinces and territories, stakeholders and Canadians so we can develop a Canada Pharmacare bill that we are working towards tabling by the end of 2023,” the statement says.

National coverage for prescription medications is a keystone of the NDP and Liberals’ supply and confidence agreement. Announced in March 2022, the agreement lasts until June 2025. But the NDP’s continued support for the minority Liberals is conditional on the government passing a Canada Pharmacare Act by the end of 2023.

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Meagan Gillmore is an Ottawa-based reporter with a decade of journalism experience. Meagan got her start as a general assignment reporter at The Yukon News. She has freelanced for the CBC, The Toronto...